Originally Posted by dwalstad
Last summer, one of my Turquoise Rainbowfish had a small TB sore on her side. I put her in a hospital tank containing salt and antibiotics. The sore only got bigger. I put her back in a regular planted tank with lots of dirt. The sore has totally healed up, and she's doing fine as I write this.
Interesting coming across your posting recently.
I was wondering if you've done any research of the use of a Walstad tank to reduce the levels of dangerous bacteria?
I've read articles that tell me that the expensive Koi and goldfish fish are kept in muddy ponds to keep them healthy, that certain Koi companies make waste control bacteria products that claim to keep pathogenic bacteria away by the competitive exclusion
That is adding lots of harmless bacteria.
I've used a soil layered tanks for the last 4 years now as I find they generate far more healthy fish.
A soil-layered tank does seem on paper to provide a lot of trace elements
that aquatic animals need to grow into healthy animals with hopefully a decent immune system if the water quality and good food is provided as well.
What with the 40,000+ bacteria species, fungi and phages in soil it's a wonder why we don't promote a Walstad tank as being a potential 'hospital' or quarantine tank for our aquatic animals.
I'd love to hear your comments or anyone else on this aspect of setting up a 'Walstad'?
Is it a benefit other Walstad users have come across?